Thursday, April 28, 2011
The Record Man
The Rivieras - California Sun by Johnny Strychnine
I've recently become fascinated with a funny little store in Redwood City, CA, The Record Man. Max took me there over Easter weekend with the thoughts, "Now, could we not spend like. . .forever in here." (he knows me well) It's an unassuming store front on an unassuming street, but as soon as you walk in you are slapped in the face with the hoarder-esqe shelves of records and dingy smell (in the best way). The meandering little house is filled floor to ceiling, with rare copies, and no prices. There's turntables in every room, and you can sit on the floor and listen to any of them as you please. The downside, records start at 12 dollars! I was pleased just to sit and listen though. Anyways, upon returning home, and doing a little research, the place apparently has a history. Max and I missed the owner coming in by seconds, but according to the interwebs, he is a very temperamental man. He'll like, chastise you when you don't even say anything. Kind of makes me love the place more. Anyways, I urge you to read people's personal stories on yelp, they are sort of amusing.
Oh, and Max and I mostly listened to surf records, which caused us to attempt to record a cover "California Sun". We'll see how it goes. If it's any good, I might even share it with you darling followers.